PUEBLO—Pueblo Food Project (PFP) recently received over $450,000 in state grant funding for community food pantry assistance, advancing equity and continuing programming. PFP is awaiting notice of award for additional dollars in the coming weeks to add to the current grant dollars and expand more opportunity for the Pueblo community.
“The grant funding received recently by Pueblo Food Project totals $484,000, which gives our work continuity as we move forward for continued programming long term sustainability efforts for the Pueblo community,” said Pueblo Food Project Coordinator Megan Moore. “We are looking into the potential of nonprofit status for our organization and this funding will allow us to explore that option.”
The Colorado Health Foundation Community Food System Initiative awarded PFP for a third time with a $400,000 grant. This two-year grant focuses on supporting and continuing programs and project building sustainability and investigating 501c3 or new fiscal sponsorship status for PFP. This grant award allows for additional support staff to be hired to assist the current PFP coordinator and community coalition with their work.
PFP received notice of award for the Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger, Food Pantry Assistance Grant. The funds will go directly to filling the PFP Community Pantry with essentials like beef, green chile, sausage, beans and chorizo. The total grant award is $20,000 with a year timeline for allocation until September 2023.
The Colorado Housing and Finance Authority Direct Effect Grant totals $20,000 awarded to PFP. These funds will assist with stocking additional essentials in the PFP Community Pantry like jam, beef and tortillas and the allocation of funding is expected to take place this fall.
One Colorado, Programming Continuance is a subgrant agreement award for $44,000 which assists with the continued programming offered by PFP. Additionally, this grant award allows PFP to implement greater equity measures for work related to the LGBTQ+ community in Pueblo County.
“In speaking with the Pueblo Food Project members, we are excited about the grant we received to continue our food pantry assistance and equitably provide to families and individuals in Pueblo,” said Moore. “We are also excited to be able to bring on additional support staff which will increase capacity and allow for more partnerships in the future throughout Pueblo County.”
Pueblo Food Project is a community led coalition, anyone in Pueblo is welcome to join. The goal of PFP is to create a more vibrant, nutritious and equitable food system for every eater in Pueblo County.